LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: 798 Art District, Alameda, catering, Chef Camila Betin, Crossfit, Delivery, Factory Fresh, Factory in 798, Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden, LDS 1-on-1, Marte van Os, meal plan service, SALT, TERRA, Zap Urban Eatery | 1 Comment »
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: cafe, Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden, SALT, SALT group, Sanlitun, ZAP, Zap Urban Eatery | 3 Comments »
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These People Know How to “ZAP”
The first time I went to ZAP Urban Eatery, I did it all wrong. I met a friend there for lunch ready to snap LDS photos and munch away on as much as our stomachs could fill only to quickly realize that ZAP isn’t that kind of place.
Unlike the restaurants like I’m used to reviewing, ZAP is a neighborhood cafe that is set up to cater to loungers who want to idle the day away with a great cup of coffee, meet-up with friends for cocktails or a couple glasses of wine after a long days work, or spend long afternoons hanging out only to pause intermittently for some tasty drinks and bites.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Brazilian, Brazilian BBQ, Brazilian Caipirinha, Camila Betin, Gaby Alves, SALT, Summer BBQ | 2 Comments »
“Minha Casa Sua Casa” Motto
盐SALT’s Summer Brazilian BBQ
Every Saturday, Starting June 1st
From 12PM Noon-4PM
“Minha Casa Sua Casa” Motto
Introducing 盐SALT‘s new Brazilian Executive Chef Camila Betin, Brazilian owner Gaby Alves is opening her “house” to everyone looking to heat up their Saturdays this summer with a self-serve, all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Barolo, Belita Jewelry, Cafe O2, Eric Paris Salons, Hilton Beijing, InterContinental, Lollipop Bakery, Mother's Day, One East (Hilton), Ritz-Carlton, SALT, Sanlitun, Shunyi, The Full English, The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu | No Comments »
Time to Treat the Most Important Lady in your Life
Better not forget the date, mark your calendars twice, set your alarms because this Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s time to start planning something worthy of your family’s Queen Bee.
Pretty much every hotel is on it when it comes to brunch options this Sunday. From complimentary roses to champagne to free spa massages, these guys are pulling out all their stops to prove that they know exactly how to properly spoil mom. If you bring your mom to Barolo Italian Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, they’ve prepared chocolate carnations and sweets for all moms, The Hilton Beijing’s One East is serving up their organic brunch and they’re treating all moms to a 40-minute massage in their Jing Chen Spa, and if you bring your mom to Café O2 at InterContinental Beijing Beichen, she dines for free! (offer limited to “one mom per table” so you’re out of luck if you were planning to bring your grandma or aunts along for the freebie deal)
Though the hotel deals above are pretty sweet, a few of my top picks for Mother’s Day include a few experiences I’m pretty confident will “WOW” her:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: cafe, Cheese & Wine, DS Wines, Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden, SALT, Sanlitun, Zap Urban Eatery | No Comments »
Zap Urban Eatery Hosts a Cheese & Wine Tasting
Opened just last month, Zap Urban Eatery is the newest project by Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden and their SALT group team.
Just a step away from the chaos of Sanlitun, Zap is located on a street called Xinfu 3 Cun, the little street that runs 50 meters north of James Joyce bar (across from Bentley and next to the new Jenny Lou’s shopping mart). On a daily basis, Zap serves its purpose as a cozy little neighborhood cafe with an Aussie twist – a menu filled with SALT’s signature pies and cheese bread, delightful toasties, hot chips, baked sweets, coffee, Madame Flavour tea and milkshakes. For those who live and work nearby, they’ve also got little meeting rooms making this community hub a slice of sunshine in the Sanlitun neighborhood.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Alameda, Brazilian, Gaby Alves, Hatsune, Migas, Mosto, Niajo, SALT, Sanlitun, Set Lunch Meal, The Bookworm, Vegetarian food, Zap Urban Eatery | 3 Comments »
Longtime Lunch Favorite, Alameda is Still Going Strong
I’ve been a fan of Brazilian restaurant Alameda since I first came to Beijing in 2006. Back then, Alameda was owned and managed by Gaby Alves (who has now moved on to open SALT, recently closed TERRA and recently opened ZAP Urban Eatery) and it was one of the few quality Western options in the city. It was also a time when their award-winning lunch deal was priced at only RMB 68 for a three-course set lunch menu. This price actually stuck for so long that it is still ingrained into my mind, so deeply to the point that I automatically still think of Alameda whenever someone requests for lunch options in the Sanlitun neighborhood.
Over the years, Alameda has undergone new management, new renovations and now their lunch is RMB 88 for two-courses or RMB 108 for three-courses. Though the prices have naturally increased across the years, it still remains in its original location and is still one of Beijing’s most revered lunch deals in town.
It had been a long while since my last lunch visit and I was due for a return to see if Alameda has still got it.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Beijing Kids, Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, CityWeekend, Easter, Easter cupcakes, Fat Bunny Bakery, Guy Beringer, SALT, Sparkling Sunday Brunch, Sunday Brunch, The Hutong | 1 Comment »
Early Easter Chicks Get the Worm!
Easter fun comes in many shapes and forms from died egg shells to festive cupcakes (photo above by Fat Bunny Bakery), there are plenty of Easter Egg Hunts and Sunday brunches available across Beijing.
Practically every hotel is hosting their own Easter brunch, but I choose to opt away from hotel-style buffet brunches and instead, I’ve put together my top picks for Easter activities/events in China’s capital.
LDS Top Easter Picks:
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: cafe, coffee, Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden, Modo Urban Deli, SALT, Sanlitun, Tim-Tam, Zap Urban Eatery | 5 Comments »
New ZAP Urban Eatery: by the Successful Team Behind SALT
Newly opened this week (on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 to be precise), Zap Urban Eatery is opening “bang on schedule” by Gaby Alves, Jennifer Eden and their SALT group team.